When an alleged offender appears to have committed a summary offence, the Procurator Fiscal may make the offender a "work offer". These can require a minimum of 10 hours and a maximum of 50 hours unpaid work, to be undertaken under the supervision of Criminal Justice Social Work staff.
Criminal Justice staff invite the alleged offender to attend for assessment and an explanation of what is involved. If all is in order, people are expected to complete their Fiscal Work Order within 6 months. The work done will be selected by the Criminal Justice staff, and should be of benefit to the local community. Should people fail to attend work as instructed, without providing an acceptable explanation, Criminal Justice staff will return the Fiscal Work Order to the Procurator Fiscal who will then consider alternative courses of action.